Round the Houses 10k – 10/04/16

On the morning of Sunday the 10th April, 18 of our most enthusiastic Hares & Hounds set off to Grangemouth for the annual Jim Dingwall Memorial, Round the Houses 10k.

The course itself remained unchanged from previous years, a flat course circuiting the Grangemouth industrial estate and (as the name suggests) around the local houses, the ideal conditions for a PB.

Upon arrival everyone was in good sprits, with good weather and a welcome lack of hills after a heavy weekend in the Isle of Man, setting us up for an enjoyable race.

On great form as usual, Alastair Thurlbeck put in a stunning performance to secure 10th place overall in a time of 32.46. A new PB for our incoming Captain. Gavyn Chalmers, Grant Boyne and  Mark Sutherland followed closely in 24th, 25th and 28th places respectively, all coming in under 34 minutes to complete the Glasgow University Men’s A Team.

Fanni Gyurko stormed the course in 34.46, taking 3rd place for the women overall, not far behind came Annabel Simpson in Black and Gold in just 35.44 for U20 women and Sarah Laverty (running under her own name this time after the glory of being Iona Gatenby) in 36.26.

Just 8 seconds later our resident Dr, Adam Stark crossed the line and Callam Scott followed suit, coming in with a new PB at 37.41.

Canada’s finest, Zander Affleck was next over the line with Murdo Traill, Ross Martin, Duncan Ng and Maxim Yan Muk all bringing in strong finishes for the boys.

For the women, outgoing Captain, Lisa Christy was just behind Zander, finishing in 40.28 and a Soop fuelled Katrina Ballantyne kept on Team Boy Murdo’s tail to finish in an impressive 42.32. Hannah Miller put in a strong performance after an impromptu sign up, followed by Ellie Waugh, Lucy Deeny and Juliet Hill, completing the Hares & Hounds finishes.

Despite the ever looming presence of the Haries (again, we couldn’t hear them sing!) Glasgow put in a stellar performance, with Alastair taking 1st U20 male and Sarah and Annabel taking prizes for U20 women.

Not only this but Glasgow won 1st prize for both Men and Women’s University teams, demonstrating to Edinburgh that although we might be loud & obnoxious, we’re not always at the back.

Once again, a massive well done to everyone who raced, we did Glasgow proud!

Words By Ellie Waugh

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DAAA 5k Track Champs – 22/03/16

Hares and Hounds dominated the 5k track race, our favourite race of the year.  With so much excitement for the race and not so much as a murmur of complaint the guys got ready to start the most scenic 5k known to man.  Gavyn took banter start to the extreme maintaining it for a whole 5k cruising across the line and making it look like a walk in the park.  Grant beasted his last race as captain claiming second place with Mark Sutherland Adam Stark not far behind, all finishing in phenomenal times.  Will showed that it’s not the running but the turning up which counts as he won the U20 prize, something we’re sure he celebrated later that night by getting ‘loose and liberal’.

After realising that this wasn’t a baking party the girls made their way to the start line.  Marie-Louise Bonzon and Emma Ball were particularly nervous for their first race but both smashed the 5k showing how much their training this year has paid off- we promise that other races are much more fun!  The cookie monster herself Lisa showed the rest of us that she’s dought-not hanging around when it comes to running round in circles to be the 1st Glasgow woman back with a new PB.  Katrina followed Gavyn’s example and banter started the race completing the first 1k in a crazy fast time and being the second Glasgow woman to finish the 5k! Mairi Gilmour put us all to shame as she ran a stormer of a race despite having completed 2 hill races at the weekend….Mairi we salute you!  Lauren Gane and Ellie Waugh, our fave bakers, crossed the line within seconds of each other after being released from the clutches of the beer bar and its apple juice.

Special mention to Mr Instagram Neil for the pictures and flapjacks and Alastair Thurlbeck whose time keeping skills were on fleek – if running fails you can always become a timekeeper.

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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Clydebank 5k – 19/03/16

On Saturday the 19th of March an army of craic and bold took to the stage in the ‘scenic’ Clydebank for a 5k.

The mythical hammer-wielding Alastair Thor’ Thurlbeck thundered home in a god-like time of 15.38 and 16th overall.  Shortly followed by Gavyn in a PB of 15:41 (he was clearly eager to dish out twos to the other runners) coming in in 17th.  Grant thoroughly enjoyed himself and came in in 15.57 and giving a cheeky thumb up en-route.  Adam, Will, Tom Hartley and Zander all gave outstanding performances and came in sub 18 minutes.  Sarah swooped in to claim the U20 prize in a cracking 17:58.  The chase was on between Gage, Mark, Lisa and Katrina who all finished within 30 seconds of each other.  A pelaton of Connel, Megan, Hannah and Lauren Cowan all achieved sub 21.15 times.  Billie, who decided to sign up on the day (legend), came in in 22.02.  Audrey and her dodgy pelvis zoomed across the line in 22.48 (probably desperate for paracetamol).  Juliet continued her racing streak knocking 43 seconds off her PB finishing in 23.09.

Excellent performances all round guys, with many PBs to be had!

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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Alan Scally Road Relays – 31st October

The Allan Scally Memorial Road Race, or “Scallies” as it is affectionately known by the Glasgow running community is a long standing institution and a big part of the city’s running heritage. Allan Scally himself was an internationally distinguished Shettleston runner and, amongst many other achievements, held the world 10 mile road race title for a number of years in the early 30’s. After his competitive career was over he continued to be heavily involved with the development of talent for Shettleston Harriers. After he tragically passed away in 1964 his family and friends decided to host an annual race in his memory, to allow his legacy to live on.

Fast forward to October 31st 2015, Halloween, and the 44th edition of Scallies. In recent years the race has played host to the Scottish Student Sport road relay championships and thus, when coupled with the friendly folk of Shettleston Harriers, leads to a competitive yet relaxed race day atmosphere. The race is contested over 4.8 mile legs winding there way through the suburban paradise that is Ballieston.

Sixteen Hares and Hounds made there way to the race, with three mens teams and a womens team, plus Juliet who kindly helped a team out who were short of a runner.
Come two o’clock and wearing the black and gold on the start line were Alastair Thurlbeck, Duncan Ng, Maxim Yan Muk and Mairi Gilmour. Off they went, with all four looking strong as they disapeared into the distance down the first hill. Part of the novelty of Scallies is the wait, relatively long relay legs that never come back past the start/ finish make for a tense wait in the autumnal sunshine. Before too long the wait is over and the freakishly long legs of Thor come striding into view as he storms over the line in 4th place, releasing El Capitan onto the course. The sight of Thor bent over bringing his bagels back up is a triumphant one, a stunning first leg effort from our beast in residence.
A couple of minutes pass and then the multiple gurns of Duncan Ng round the bend and as he cruises over the line Adam Stark sets off. Hot on the heels of Duncan was Mairi Gilmour with a look of steely determination on a usually smiling face. Worth it though as she passed over the line two minutes quicker than last year. Lisa Christy headed off into the distance, and Maxim appeared. Maxim was making his debut in the Black and Gold and did us proud with an excellent lap. As he crossed the line another debutant, Murdo Trail, strode into battle.

With all the second leg runners now out on the course, the wait was back on. With the field spread out by now, there was an almost constant stream of runners and Grant Boyne was soon home and dry after yet another solid race from our ever dependant Captain. His arrival heralded the unleashing of this seasons form guy, Gavyn Chalmers. True to form he flew out of the blocks, and proceeded to run a stunning lap. Shortly afterwards Adam Stark apppeared from behind the trees to round off a solid lap. Canadian Adam Stark (Zander), a now ever present feature in the black and gold, sped off for leg three. It didn’t take long for Lisa to come into view, at the end of a spectacular leg. As ladies captain, Lisas running is going from strength to strength this season, and is undoubtably leading by example. Mrs. Enthusiastic (Katrina) bounded off to complete the Ladies trio for the day. At this point Murdo rounded the final bend, with Shettlestons Mr. Tewolde hot on his heels. If we ignore the fact Mr. Tewolde was finishing the third leg, Murdo had a stunning sprint finish against one of Scotlands finest athletes. The race went to the wire, but with the borderline manic cheering from the rest of the team pushing him on, beating Mr. Tewolde over the line in a photo finish. The ever present Gage Willox followed Murdo’s grand finale, having cycled straight from work (did someone say hero?). Almost under the radar, Juliet Hill set off for an excellent lap following her lovely temporary teammates. Juliet, like Zander, has run most races this semester so far, and is fast becoming a key member of the club with a promising future in the Black and Gold.

With all four third leg runners out on course, our scholar in residence, Johanness Arens, put down his book, climbed down from the SkatePark and unwrapped his mighty legs. As Gavyn powered over the line Johannes set off for a storming lap to bring home the bacon for the Mens A Team. Without warning the marshals called the remaining fourth leg runners to the start line, and amidst the panic Tom Callan had to slip out of his role of team motivator and drag his legs around a final lap in the dying light. Finding himself in a no mans land between A and B team times, he managed to run a minute quicker than last year to round off a strong B Team performance. In order to speed up proceedings our ringer, a young man from Bellahouston, was already out on course as Gage materialised.

It didn’t take long for the whole team to be reunited and we walked back up to the high school for the prize giving. An extremely successful day out for the Hares and Hounds, with the guys collecting 3rd Overall and 2nd Univeristy, and our lovely ladies collecting 3rd Univeristy Team. Special mention to Alastair Thurlbeck whose storming run earned him the third fastest university leg of the day. I feel we should extend our congratulations to the Haries of Edinburgh Univeristy who won both of the univeristy prizes on the day, but I am worried about them. They run some incredible laps across the board, but there is no discernable cheering, little to no craic kicking around and a distinct lack of banter.

Lets hope the Braids social changes our opinions, and bring on the Scottish Unis Cross Country in a few weeks time.

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Words by Tom Callan

Freshers Week 2015

Our Freshers Run is on Thursday the 17th. We’ll be meeting at 5.30pm just outside the Stevenson Building (the gym). We’ll have 3, 5 and 7 mile runs suitable for all abilities. All the runs will be led and back marked by club members, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost.

We’ll also be at the Sports Fayre so stop by for a chat to find out more about the club! The Sports Fayre is held in the Stevenson Building from 10am – 5pm on Tuesday the 15th and from 10am – 4pm on Wednesday the 16th.

 

BUCS XC 2015 – Brighton

On 30th January a group of enthusiastic Hares and Hounds runners settled into a whole 12 hours of bus travel all because of our commitment to be part of one of the biggest races in the calendarb – BUCS cross country, which this year was held in Brighton. After our epic journey we settled into a night in our seaside accommodation before, you guessed it, another bus to the start line.

The first team to race were the boys A team of Alastair Thurlbeck, Lachlan Oates, Kerrick Hesse, Tom Callan, Alistair Little and Will Bryant. The boys coped with the hilly 12km course fantastically, and one of the most exciting moments was seeing Lachlan briefly leading in the Glasgow colours. He finished in a very respectable 30th with Kerrick behind in 49th. Alastair Thurlbeck was third home for Glasgow in 79th. An overall team position of 16th reflects a great performance from everyone in a large field of excellent runners.

The second race was a 6.4km loop for the girls who competed well, against the now even muddier course, and were led to the finish by Lisa Christy, in 147th position, with a time of 28:37. This was followed by Orla Chapman , and then close behind her Mairi Gilmour, followed by Penny Timms. Good races all round allowed us to secure 32nd position as a team. Particularly impressive was Stephanie Breunig who secured an excellent time for her first ever cross country race!

Then we came to the final race of the day an 8km Men’s B Race in which Neil Wilson and Duncan Ng competed against the most rainy weather and most muddy conditions of the day to finish with two strong performances and excellent positions of 249 and 345 respectively.

All in all it was well worth the journey. A special mention must go to all committee members who helped with the organization of the trip, not least our captain Grant Boyle who, even though he unfortunately could not run due to injury, made it all the way down to cheer us on.

Words by Orla Chapman

 

MacAndrews 5k Road Relays

The Hares and Hounds started the season of in familiar fashion with a trip to Scotstoun for the MacAndrews 5K Road Relays. The undulating course always proves a tough test for stiff legs at the start of the season. The Woman’s team was an all fresher affair with Mairi Gilmour, Katrina Ballantyne and Christine Deng making their first appearances for the club. Mairi led the team out with a storming 22:22 before Katrina and Christine matched each other with 25:23. The Men’s A team was a mix of youth and experience with veterans Simon Gardener and Vitalijs Brejevs joined by new members Gavyn Chalmers and Tom Callan. Gavyn showed his potential with the clubs quickest time of the day in 18:10. William Bryant made an impressive debut in the B team alongside returning members Sean Robinson, Aishan Patil and Anton Ward. In the C team Brendan Chadwick showed he still had the speed despite an injury plagued summer, blasting out A 18:20. Mark Sutherland also ran a quick first leg to put the C team surprisingly high up the field. Very surprising for Club Legend Gage Willox as the ex-captain missed the start of his leg. Oli Seglah completed a solid C team effort and provided some pro photography too.

The highlight of the day came in when we found out there was free tea and cake, including the worlds biggest muffins!

Spirits are high and legs are fresh going into another exciting season of racing!

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The Des Gilmore Cup 2013/14 – Race Series Review

Braid Hills

The first stage of the series saw 24 brave Hares and Hounds take on the Braid Hills outside Edinburgh. The race is best described as a “very hilly” cross country, most likely due to the actual hill situated in the midst of each lap. After the distressing two lap affair that was the men’s race, Grant Boyne was first in for Glasgow with a comfortable lead over 2nd finisher, Myles Bax. Ruben Lopez took third, while I took fourth having sneakily attacked Chris Clarke in the run up to the line. In the women’s race Lauren Quee finished 1st, again with a healthy lead to our 2nd finisher, Neah Evans. Lisa Christy and Ellie Waugh finished a mere second apart, taking 3rd and 4th respectively. Harriet Whitby-Tillot finished soon after to take 5th.

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The second stage saw us journey up North to Aberdeen, for the Scottish Student Sport cross country. It’s likely it was the appeal of a particular post race event and the following night out that made this our most popular race of the race series, with 26 entrants making the trip. Myles took 1st finisher, however Grant was close behind in 2nd, leading to a joint first place position in the overall series. Peter Bowman made an appearance to take 3rd, with Ruben taking 4th. Chris was back on form, leaving me in the distance as he secured 5th. Lauren ran a fantastic race to take first women overall, along with her second 1st place finish for Glasgow. Kathryn Pennel was not far behind, taking 6th overall and 2nd finisher for Glasgow. Neah also ran a strong race to take 3rd, whilst Mella Slattery took 4th. Harriet maintained good form to secure 5th. Unfortunately for Adam Stark, the additional post race event is not part of the race series.

Clydebank 5k

The race series’s third stage saw the Hares and Hounds descend on Clydebank for a fast, flat 5k. Changes were to be expected in the series standings with Myles out with an injury, and Ruben’s return to Spain. Grant fought with Dave Houston to take first finisher by just two seconds. With some improved form I managed a comfortable third place, however old “rival” Chris was close behind to take 4th. Adam took 5th along with a new PB, as did many other Hares and Hounds. Natalie Sharp took first finisher for Glasgow, alongside an impressive overall victory in the women’s race. Kathryn ran another strong race to take 2nd Glasgow finisher. Despite much pre-race self doubt, Karolina Kivimaki took 3rd, surpassing Harriet and Ellie for the first time. Harriet and Ellie both put in solid performances to secure 4th and 5th respectively.

Grangemouth 10k

The fourth stage was a fast, completely flat, and amazingly dull 10k. Few other races can rival Grangemouth’s awful scenery. The race organisers had titled the race “round the houses”, which it turned out was a painfully accurate description of the course. Despite the abysmal views, I managed to to take 1st and secure my dream of a sub 35 10k. As you’d expect, Grant was not far behind to take 2nd, and Chris put in a fantastic effort to take 3rd. Mark Sutherland secured a strong time to take 4th having improved dramatically since the first term. Adam put in another strong performance to take another 5th place finish. Karolina’s improvement resulted in a well deserved first finish for the Hares and Hounds runner of the year. Ellie took a convincing 2nd, while Cassie Patterson ran a great race to finish 3rd and Courtney Gunn took 4th.

Dumyat Hill Race

The final stage of the race series was the Dumyat hill race at Stirling University. Annoyingly, Andrew Foggo’s description of the race as “half rock, half grass” was pretty much spot on. Myself and Mark fought it out on both the ascent and descent, however thanks to a conveniently positioned tarmac road, I was able to stretch out a narrow lead to take first. Simon Gardner secured a strong third place finish in what was his first race series outing, likely due to Dumyat being the only race in the series vaguely comparable to orienteering. Adam took 4th, rounding off a strong finish to his race series while Ben Mclennen took 5th. Ellie ran a great race to take her first, 1st place finish of the series. Kirsten Somerville took 2nd, Fiona Mcgruer took 3rd and Sara Cameron took 4th.

Final Standings

Grant’s consistent strong performances in the first four races of 1st, 2nd, 1st and 2nd, led to a first place series standing with only 6 points. I ended up not far off in second with 9 points, largely thanks to 1st place finishes in the last two races. Chris’s strong performances throughout the year led to a third place series standing with 17 points. Mark and Adam were close behind to take 4th and 5th respectively. Ellie was rewarded for her good results throughout the year with a first place series standing. Great results in the last two races led to a convincing lead with only 12 points. Karolina Kivimaki took 2nd with 20 points thanks to her continued improvement throughout the year and stronger performances in the latter stages of the series. Harriet took third overall with 14 points thanks to strong finishes in the first three races. Lisa was only one point behind in 4th and Courtney took 5th.

Congratulations to Grant Boyne and Ellie Waugh, winners of the Des Gilmore Cup 2013/14! It’s also worth commenting on the excellent turnout to all the races throughout the series. Well done to everyone who participated, there’s just too many of you to mention in this already far too long review. I’d also like to apologise for saying “strong” around 50 times. I’ll use a thesaurus next time.

You can find the full standings of the race series here.

Words by Alastair Thurlbeck

Dumyat Hill Race- May 7th

On the 7th of May thirteen Hares and Hounds headed to Stirling to tackle our annual hill race and the last race of the Des Gilmore Cup. Accompanying the team were the president himself (Des) and the clubs temporary official photographer Oli Seglah, although after a strong performance a more permanent deal may be negotiated.

A wet and windy day had helped get the course to its muddy and boggy best. The race start of 7pm gave time for the weather to clear and we were greeted with perfect running conditions. A first hill race for many, the camp was buzzing with nervous excitement.

A large field of over 340 gathered on the start line and after a quick game of “who’s not wearing Inov8s?” (courtesy of Fiona), we were off. The first 400 yards involved a mad dash for position before the course narrowed from a wide road to a thin forest track and then an even thinner hole in a wall. The wooded section provided a goody bag of steep slippy climbs, burn crossings and some flatter sections. After clambering over a stile the course opened to the boggy, rocky, open moorland of the hill. The trail weaved its way to the summit, crossing hard packed ground, stodgy bog and plenty of boulders to keep you on your toes.

Turning at the summit runners were treated to a tear inducing head wind rendering eyes almost useless for the beginning of the descent. Those near the front enjoyed a game of “dodge the poor souls still battling up”, whilst those nearer the back played “stay out of the way of the out of control eejits”. The lucky people in the middle got to play both! The decent was over in an exhilarating, sometimes terrifying flash and before we knew it we were back on the tarmac road racing to the finish.

After battling it out across the course Alastair Thurlbeck had the legs to stretch ahead of Mark Sutherland on the final straight, finishing 16th in 38:36 with Mark close behind in 18th with 38:42. Simon Gardner made up the top 3 coming in at 40:27. Adam Stark with 44:15, Ben Mclellan with 48:00, Alistair Little with 49:18, Andrew Foggo with 50:29, Duncan Ng with 1:04:32 and Kin-Kwok Lai with 1:33:16 completed the men’s team with a strong presence throughout the field!

Ellie Waugh capped of her debut year with the club by coming in first for the woman in 56:58. Kirsten Somerville completed her first race after returning from injury in 1:03:03. Fiona Mcgruer made big inroads in her time from last year with 1.11.32 and Sara Cameron defied recent injuries with a 1.13.49.

A great showing from the Hares and Hounds during a stressful exam period! Well done everyone, until the next hill race…

Adam looks even happier when he’s racing.